Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
A need has been identified to examine leader behaviors that have a positive influence on the relationships between athletic directors and their subordinates, as well as behaviors that influence the health and effectiveness of the organization (Branch, 1990; Doherty & Danylchuk, 1996). The purpose of this study is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Division III athletic director leadership, examine the relationship leadership has on success, and determine the leadership behaviors that are most valued. The results conclude Division III athletic directors are generally strong with interpersonal skills, yet lacking in creativity and innovation. No relationship exists between perceived leadership and success on the field, reinforcing the student-athlete experience and integration core values of Division III athletics. Finally, the study determined assistant athletic directors and head coaches value Division III athletic directors who build relationships, are visionary, fair, motivational, driven, and innovative.